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Utah’s Jewish community celebrates High Holy Days virtually or distanced during pandemic

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rabbi Benny Zippel goes over safety set up plans with outdoor tents on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, for High Holy Day services, which begin Friday evening, so members of Chabad Lubavitch can meet in person, outside and socially distanced through the weekend.

Most of Utah’s Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashana virtually Friday evening due to the coronavirus, but Rabbi Benny Zippel found a way to have a small number of members come together in person — wearing masks and with at least 6 feet between them.

He created a worship space in a tent behind Chabad Lubavitch of Utah’s synagogue in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood for the beginning of the Jewish New Year at sundown Friday.

High holiday services continue with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which runs from Sunday to Monday evenings.

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